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    1. Fogwood + Fig

    If you’ve never had a vegan burger before, let the California Classic be your first. The patty, made of black lentils and mushrooms, is elevated with the addition of fennel and sage. Unlike some other vegan options, this burger isn’t mushy and doesn’t sacrifice texture or taste. Whether you are a vegan or not, the Read more...
  • 2. The Grange

    The menu changes weekly at this rustic farm-to-table restaurant, but one thing remains the same — the burger lunch special. This decadent, farm-fresh burger is made with locally raised grass-fed beef from Lowland Farm and topped with aged cheddar, pork jowl bacon, and a fried egg. As one reader said, “It was by far the Read more...
  • 3. Equilibrium Brewery

    What’s better than a just-poured glass of Hudson Valley beer? That same beer with a platter of Equilibrium’s mouthwatering barbecue. The Middletown brewery’s restaurant concept leans heavily upon Texan ’cue for its finger-licking beef ribs, brisket, and pulled pork. Menu favorites sell out regularly, so get those orders in early. These Are the Best Burgers Read more...
  • 4. Fetch

    Dog lovers will feel right at home in this playful pub decorated with photos and paintings of canines. The menu features classic American cooking, including burgers, Thanksgiving egg rolls, meatloaf and mashed potatoes, and individually baked mac ’n’ cheese. These Are the Best Burgers Across the Hudson Valley
  • 5. Aroma Thyme Bistro

    Aroma Thyme’s Forager Burger exemplifies the bistro’s renowned dedication to sustainably sourced food. These Are the Best Burgers Across the Hudson Valley
  • 6. Kelley Jean’s

    As if fried pickles weren’t good enough on their own, Kelley Jean’s fried pickle burger pairs these fried favorites with a Hereford patty, horseradish sauce, and cheddar, served on a kaiser roll delivered daily from DeFilippis Bakery in Middletown. These Are the Best Burgers Across the Hudson Valley
  • 7. Stagecoach Inn

    Thursdays are burger nights at this elegant, historic inn and tavern. Each week Chef Koury curates a menu of artisanal burgers, each more unique and delicious than the next. One favorite in the rotation is The Hangover burger, topped with bacon, a fried egg, frizzled onions, pickled celery, cream cheese, and Bloody Mary sauce. Can’t Read more...
  • 8. Seven Lakes Station

    If you prefer to build your own burgers, this is the spot for you. First, choose from The Seven Lake Burger made with local, grass-fed beef, or the vegetarian Beyond Burger. Then comes the fun part. Pick your own toppings from a delicious list of options ranging from the classics (lettuce, tomato, pickles) to the Read more...
  • 9. Cafe Mio

    The nine-ounce, grass-fed patty in your beef burger at Café Mio didn’t travel far to reach your plate: Full Moon Farm is just down the road from the café. Assemble a choose-your-own burger from a large list of toppings, including various cheeses, bacon, fried shrimp, olives, and more. “It’s fresh, hyper-local, grass-fed beef so we Read more...
  • 10. Dixon Roadside

    Just like its sister restaurant Phoenicia Diner, Dixon serves classic comfort foods with a twist. Take their Dixon Burger, a 100% chuck blend from Veritas Farm topped with cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and onion. “We wanted that really great, fire-grilled char that speaks on its own,” says General Manager Courtney Malsatzki. The twist? Amazing sauce options: Read more...

    11. The Egg’s Nest

    Veggie burgers might have once had a bad rap as crumbly bean concoctions, but the organic vegan burger at The Egg’s Nest — made with a handcrafted burger from The Green Palate in Woodstock— puts those stereotypes to rest. A crispy crust encases a savory blend of oats, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and vegetables, topped with chipotle Read more...
  • Much like the atmosphere at this lively, loud, and loveable German-inspired pub, the Schatzi Burger packs a punch. Expect a smorgasbord of flavors and textures, like the crispiness of a potato pancake, the creaminess of Schatzi Sauce, a braised red cabbage aioli, a mouthwatering patty made with a blend of chuck and short rib, and Read more...

    13. Mama’s Boy Burgers

    At this popular retro-cool outpost, hyper-local burgers are made with a custom 80/20 blend of grass-fed, grain-finished Black Angus beef from JFF Farm, a mere six miles away. The basic Mama’s Boy on a toasted potato roll is just the start: Make it a double Mama’s Boy, with two three-ounce patties, for twice the caramelized Read more...
  • 14. The Golden Rail Ale House

    Besides being seen in the 2001 hit comedy Super Troopers, The Golden Rail Ale House has a reputation for yummy twists on American classics, especially its burgers. Give the Peanut Butter Sriracha Burger — topped with thick-cut applewood-smoked bacon, sriracha sauce, peanut butter, and scallions — a try, and revel in the fact you cannot get this Read more...

    15. Liberty Street Bistro

    Cornwall native and CIA grad Michael Kelly opened this standout spot in 2016, featuring a menu of globally influenced American fare. Everything is made in-house; ingredients highlight the Valley; and technique takes center stage. Photo by Sabrina Sucato
  • 16. TFS Burger Works

    TFS’s burger is no joke — each organic, grass-fed, hormone-free burger is ground fresh daily with a blend of brisket, short rib, and hangar steak. Their 35-day dry-aged steak burger continues to achieve top honors at Hudson Valley’s own Burger & Beer Bash. By the end of your meal, you’ll fully understand why TFS says, “We are Read more...
  • 17. Restaurant Kinsley

    At the Hotel Kinsley, Zak Pelaccio and Taavo Somer (of NYC’s iconic Freemans) have pulled off the seemingly impossible: They’ve managed to create a restaurant that’s buzzy, impeccably styled, and yet, somehow, feels laid back and unpretentious. And while the design gets all the Instagram love — the historic bank building has been completely renovated Read more...
  • 18. Meyer’s Old Dutch

    It’s very important, when measuring the quality of this dish, to consider both the chicken and the “pie.” The former gets high marks: big chunks of breast meat and plenty of it. The “pie” consists of a fluffy, golden-brown puff-pastry top (flaky and chewy) covering the slow-cooked chicken and potatoes; homemade gravy (that’s salty and Read more...